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Andrew Tibot 1st May 2015 - 9:20

La Liga Opta Facts - May 1-4

Real Sociedad v Levante

The last four La Liga meetings between Real Sociedad and Levante have all ended level.

The Basques are without a win in nine against Levante in the top-flight overall, drawing five and losing four.

Los Granotas have only lost one of six previous visits to the Anoeta in La Liga, though four of those have ended level (W1).

Real Sociedad are without a win in six league games (D4 L2); their worst run since a run of eight in November 2014 that lead to the dismissal of Arrasate.

Real Sociedad have not lost any of their last four league games played on a Friday (W2 D2).

Carlos Vela has scored in two of his last three appearances against Levante at the Anoeta (two goals).

David Barral has equalled Mustapha Riga as Levante's all-time leading top-flight goalscorer (17 goals each).

Victor Casadeus has participated in five of Levante's last eight league goals, scoring three and assisting two.

Levante won their last La Liga game against a Basque side (2-1 vs Eibar) after a run of eight games against them without a win (D4 L4).

 

Atletico Madrid v Athletic

Atletico have won their last three home league meetings with Athletic; a run that coincides with Diego Simeone taking charge.

Ernesto Valverde has only won five of 13 meetings with Atleti as a top-flight manager (D2 L6), not beating them since December 2009 with Villarreal (2-1).

On the other hand, Diego Simeone has won five and lost just one of his six clashes with Athletic as a La Liga manager.

Against no side has Antoine Griezmann scored more La Liga goals than he has against Athletic (six, level with Real Valladolid).

As an Athletic player, Aritz Aduriz has faced Atletico Madrid more often without scoring than any other opponent (nine games, no goals).

Antoine Griezmann has scored more goals than any other La Liga player on a Saturday this season (18).

Only four of Aduriz's 15 league goals this season have come away from home; his worst away season haul in a full season with Athletic.

Atleti have kept six clean sheets in their last eight league games at the Vicente Calderon (W7 D1).

Only three of Fernando Torres's 77 goals in La Liga have come off the substitute's bench; one this season and two in his first ever top-flight term.

Mario Mandzukic is without a goal in four league games; his longest drought of the season.

 

Cordoba v Barcelona

Cordoba have won their last two home league games against Barcelona.

The Catalan giants have only lost one of their last 30 La Liga visits to Andalusia (W22 D7); 1-0 against Granada in April 2014.

Cordoba could become the first team in La Liga history to lose eight successive home games if they are beaten here.

The Andalusian side have failed to score in their last four league games; their worst run in the top flight since six between March and April 1972.

Lionel Messi has scored two braces against Cordoba in his career (one in the reverse fixture this season and one in 2012 in the Copa del Rey).

Only in 86/87 (24) have Barcelona kept more clean sheets than they have this season (20).

Lionel Messi (49), Neymar (32) and Luis Suarez (21) have now scored over 100 goals between them in all competitions this term (102).

Cordoba will be relegated to the Segunda if they don't win this match.

82% of Barcelona's league goals this term have come from strikers; a league-high.

Current Cordoba manager Jose Romero has a lower points per game ratio (0.3) than his two predecessors this season (Ferrer 0.5, Romero 0.7).

In the only Barcelona game refereed by Clos Gomez in La Liga this season, their opponents seen a red card and the Cules scored one penalty goal.

 

Sevilla v Real Madrid

Sevilla have scored exactly twice in seven of their last eight home league meetings with Real Madrid.

The Whites have lost just one of their last 32 league games against sides from Andalusia but that was in the Sanchez Pizjuan last season (2-1).

Unai Emery has only won three of his 14 league meetings with Real Madrid as a La Liga manager (D1 L10), winning once with each of his three teams (Almeria, Valencia and Sevilla).

Sevilla are unbeaten in 25 home league games (W18 D7), last losing against Barcelona last season (1-4 in February 2014).

Real Madrid have only drawn one league game all season; only one team in La Liga history has had this few draws at this stage of the season (Sporting, 1 in 08/09).

If he fails to score in this game, Cristiano Ronaldo will have gone four games without a goal for the first time in all competitions this term (currently 3).

Only Ronaldo (10) has scored the game's winning goal more often than Carlos Bacca (8) this term.

Ronaldo has scored more goals against Sevilla than any other side in La Liga (16).

Real Madrid have conceded a league-high 33% of their goals to headers this term.

Sevilla are the only side yet to win a game played between the league's current top five this season (D3 L4).

In both Sevilla games refereed by Gonzalez Gonzalez in La Liga this season, the Andalusian side conceded one goal from the penalty spot.

 

Deportivo v Villarreal

Deportivo have won their last three home La Liga meetings with Villarreal without conceding.

The Galician side are without a win in five at the Riazor (D2 L3); they have not gone six or more without a home defeat in La Liga since January 2008 (seven).

Deportivo are without a win in 12 league games (D5 L7); their worst ever run within a single La Liga season.

Villarreal are still without an away league win in 2015; Granada are the only La Liga side still without one this year.

The Yellows have scored just once in their last eight league games combined.

Tomas Pina is the only Villarreal player to see a straight red this term; he did so in the reverse meeting with Depor.

Deportivo's last three league goals have all been headers; the last two have both come from Oriol Riera.

Luciano Vietto was the last Yellow Submarine player to score a brace; he netted his in the reverse clash against Deportivo (3-0).

Villarreal have only won one league game this season when Denis Cheryshev has been missing (D3 L4).

No side has drawn more games 0-0 in La Liga this term than Depor (6) and Villarreal (5).

 

Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano

Espanyol have only lost one of their last 14 La Liga meetings with Rayo Vallecano (W9 D4).

On home soil, the Parakeets have never tasted defeat to Rayo in La liga (W9 D4).

Indeed Rayo have visited Espanyol more often without winning than any other side in their La Liga history (13, three more than any other side).

Rayo have lost six of their last seven away league games, conceding an average of three goals per game in the process.

Leo Baptistao has scored three goals in three meetings with Espanyol as a Rayo player.

Serigo Garcia has scored five of Espanyol's last eight league goals against Rayo.

The Last two hat-tricks registered by Espanyol players have both come against Rayo (Sergio Garcia in 2013 and Kalu Uche in 2012.

Of all current sides in La Liga, Espanyol have their best win rate (52%) and points per game average (1.89) against Rayo Vallecano.

Sergio Garcia has participated directly in five of his team's last seven home league goals (three goals, two assists).

 

Getafe v Granada

Getafe have never been beaten by Granada on home soil in La Liga (W1 D2), on each occasion scoring one more goal than they previous game (one in 2011, two in 2013, three in 2014).

The Blues are unbeaten in 12 league clashes with Andalusian sides in the Coliseum (W7 D5) and have scored in their last 19.

Getafe conceded five goals in the first-half for the first time in their top-flight history last time out against Barcelona.

Granada are without a win in 15 away league games (D3 L12), keeping just one clean sheet in this run (0-0 at the Balaidos in November 2014).

Only against Racing (seven) has Riki scored more La Liga goals than he has against Getafe (five).

Emiliano Velazquez's one previous La Liga goal to date came against Granada.

Youssef El-Arabi has participated in Granada's last five league goals against Getafe, scoring three and setting up two.

Abel Resino has never tasted defeat against Getafe as a La Liga coach (W1 D2).

Getafe have conceded two goals per game on average under Pablo Franco this season, compared to 1.4 under Quique Sanchez Flores and 1.3 under Cosmin Contra.

 

Valencia v Eibar

The one previous La Liga meeting between these sides came earlier in the campaign in Ipurua, when Valencia won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Paco Alcacer.

Valencia have the opportunity in this game to keep seven consecutive home clean sheets for the first time in their top-flight history.

Eibar are without a win in eight away league games, failing to score six times in the process (D2 L6).

Valencia are one home win away from setting a new record for most home victories in a 20-team La Liga season (15, currently 14).

Xabi Irueta is the only goalkeeper to have saved more than 100 shots this season (104).

Only Atletico (15) have scored more goals from corners than Valencia (11) this term.

Valencia are unbeaten in five league meetings with Basque sides (W2 D3); their best run of this kind since November 2011 (8).

After beating Eibar in their first La Liga clash with a side from the Comunitat Valenciana, Eibar have gone six without a win, losing the last four (D2).

Alvaro Negredo has scored in successive home league games for the first time since netting in sin in a row for Man City in December 2013.

 

Malaga v Elche

Malaga's one previous home meeting with Elche in La Liga ended in a 1-0 defeat in May 2014 with a goal from Garry Rodrigues.

Malaga, who have drawn their last three at La Rosaleda, have never drawn four consecutive home La Liga matches.

Elche have only won one of their last five on the road (D2 L2) but that win did come in their last trip to Andalusia (2-0 in Cordoba).

Ignacio Camacho has scored in two of the three top-flight meetings between these sides but both his goals came at the Martinez Valero.

Only three Brazilians have scored 10+ goals in the top five European leagues this season: Neymar (20), Felipe Anderson (10) and Rayo's Jonathas (11).

Nordin Amrabat has participated in more goals than any other Malaga player this league season (six goals, three assists).

Elche's 4-0 win last time out was their biggest top-flight victory since hammering Sporting 5-0 in September 1970.

Elche have scored a league-high 17% of their goals from long range this term.

Malaga are without a win in seven league games (D3 L4), alternating home draws with away defeats in this run, scoring just five times and conceding 15.

 

Almeria v Celta

Almeria's one previous home La Liga clash with Celta ended in a 4-2 defeat in April 2014.

Almeria have scored at least once in all three previous top-flight meetings with los Celetes.

Indeed Almeria have not won three successive home league games since February 2014.

Sergi Barjuan has already won more top-flight home games (2 of 2) as his two previous predecessors as Almeria boss.

Celta have lost only one of their last six away league games (W3 D2), keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Tomer Hemed, who scored the winner at the Balaidos earlier in the season, has scored at least twice as many La Liga goals as any other Almeria player this term (8).

Charles, who top scored with Almeria in the Segunda in 12/13 (12 goals), has scored in two of his three top-flight meetings with his former club.

Just 2% of Celta's goals this term have come from outside the box; a league-low.

Santi Mina (5) and Nolito (3) have scored eight of Celta's last nine league goals between them.

 
 
 

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